BEAR FAMILY PRESSE Magazin: NOW DIG THIS Ausgabe 11 - 2019
BCD 17503 V.A. "Autumn Leaves..."
VARIOUS ARTISTS Autumn Leaves -29 Gems For The Golden Season Of Indian Summer Bear Family BCD 17503
Bear Family love their 'themed' compilations and here's another one, this time featuring 29 'weather' songs; in partic-ular from the latter part of the year that precedes winter. The booklet's intro-duction is almost a review in itself: "Welcome to the scenery of autumn. We'd like you to escape with us into the world of falling leaves, colourful woods, rain and thunderstorms, the warmth of the Indian sum-mer, and of course the melancholy of the fall sea-son!
On the way we will meet field workers, Mozart and turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving and the period from September to November in a nostalgic way. But don't worry, Halloween is not included!" The 'turkey' reference is very apt, as there's a bunch of them here, from Fag Hunter and Don Duke (an Embassy recording!!!) to Bobby Vinton and even Mark Wynter!!! Then there's a heap of orchestral / big band / jazzy stuff -Ferrante & Teicher, Harry James, Bobby Christian, Les Brown etc. - as well as a big dollop of pure early '60s fluff from The Tempos, Bobby Darin's Orchestra, The Viscounts, The Flares (not THE Flares) and so forth. A dash of country / bluegrass / western swing, too, from Chet Atkins, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies. Plus a novelty piece from Red Ingle and classy pop items from Etta James, Irma Thomas and Dinah Washington.
But this is a rock n roll mag, so is there any rock n roll here? Very little, I'm afraid. The Coasters are anything but rock n roll with a track from their weakest LP ('One By One'), while Eddie Cochran's 'Cot-ton Picker' is far from his finest. That leaves Mac Rebennack's Did-dleyesque 'Storm War-ning' and the less con-vincing 'Turkey Gob-bler' by bandwagon jumper Nino Tempo. Oh, and fans of Johnny Bach & The Moonshine Boozers can get to hear Memphis Minnie's orig-inal version of 'What's The Matter With The Mill' from 1930! This is a very weird collection. Way too musically diverse to float my boat. that's for sure.